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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
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Specialist High Skills Major


The SHSM–Agriculture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on agricultural equipment or animal and crop science. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Non Profit Program 

The Non Profit Program is a specialized program that will allow Holy Cross students in Grades 11 and 12 to focus their learning on the non profit sector while meeting the requirements to graduate with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.   

The non profit sector offers a wide range of careers that are dynamic, engaging and rewarding in areas such as art, culture, social justice, education, information technology, health care, and social development. 

The common vision throughout this growing sector in Canada’s economy is the desire to make a difference both in our community and throughout the world working with various aid organizations.​

Certifications and Training for Non-Profit Students:

Four (4) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)ethical considerationsStandard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction
Three (3) electives from the list below
behavior managementcommunication skillscompass/map/global positioning system (GPS)conflict resolution
customer serviceenvironmental awarenessequity and inclusionevent coordination
fundraisinggroup dynamicsincident managementInnovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
legal/administrative proceduresleadership skillsnon-violent crisis interventionpersonality inventory
portfolio developmentproject managementproposal/grant writingSafeTALK
sector-specific software 1self-defencesocial media networkingsuccessful exhibiting

Upcoming Dates:  

October 15th: Pizza lunch to congratulate the 55 students registered in SHSM!

October 25th field trip to King's University College- Development and Peace Workshop.  This session will be for grade 12 students to complete their certifications.  Please see Ms. McNally for a permission form.

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Congratulations to our students who completed their First Aid/ CPR Certification!

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HCC students at Bud Gardens.  Customer Service and Leadership training

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Reach Ahead Opportunity at Conestoga College 

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